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Argonauts Club

The Argonauts Club is for actuaries working outside of mainstream life and pensions work, in wider fields. It was set up in 1955 and has a total membership of around 100 working or retired actuaries

The Club meets for dinner in London three times a year, usually in October or November, February, and April or May.  At each dinner, two speakers are invited, one from the actuarial profession and another who is not an actuary. Speeches are normally followed by a question-and-answer session. Diners usually number around 40 and members may invite guests to dinners.

Actuaries who are interested in joining the Argonauts Club can attend a Club dinner as a guest of an existing member

They then need to be nominated by one, and seconded by another, existing member.  Once nominated and seconded, membership applications will be considered at the next meeting of the Club, in the applicant’s absence.

A list of members is available from the Honorary Secretary.

Membership subscriptions

The Club year runs from 1 July to 30 June.  At the end of each year, subscriptions are reviewed and rates are notified to members towards the end of the summer.  For the 2016/2017 year, subscription rates are £75 for active members and £40 for retired members.  From time to time, due to an overseas posting for example, members may be unable to attend any dinners in a Club year; in these circumstances membership may be suspended without payment of subscriptions.

Dining fees

For the 2016/2017 year, dining fees are £95, both for members and guests.  Guests who are eligible and interested in joining, may attend one dinner at the special rate of £50.  Where members have to cancel attendance of a dinner, dining fees will not be payable provided that they have given notice of not less than one week in advance of the dinner.

Officers of the Argonauts Club

Chairman: Robert Ross

Honorary Secretary: Guy Freeman
                                 Tel: 07770 703 341

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Events calendar

  • Asia Conference Webinar Series

    7 September 2020 - 25 September 2020

    Spaces available

    There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.


  • Spaces available

    This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements. 

    The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise.  In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities. 

  • Spaces available

    16.00-17.00 GMT+8

    Consumer expectations are changing Insurance. The Royal Commission in Australia, Design Obligations in the UK, the insurtech ecosystem, and digital-first consumers demanding personalised solutions will all revolutionise how insurance looks like in the future.

  • Spaces available

    12.00-13.00 GMT+8

    This presenter / panel workshop hybrid will be anchored by two presentations examining the socioeconomic, medical and technological factors that will have a significant impact on mortality and our pricing over the next 20 years and beyond. It will also discuss whether significant mortality improvement will continue in Asia or whether varying experience of low improvements or deterioration. 

  • Spaces available

    12.00-13.00 GMT+8

    This presentation aims to provides an overview of the reformation of current Chinese regulatory solvency regime, how industry coping with the new normal after pandemic time and how the reformation of the regulation could help the insurance industry gets back on its feet as well as coming back to the “protection” core value for the policyholders. The presentation would include:

  • Spaces available

    16.00-17.00 (GMT+8) | 09.00-10.00 (BST)

    The basic data of China’s 2nd Critical Illness Mortality Table covers 2000+ products in Chinese market, including about 340 million insurance policies and 5.1 million claimants. Presenter will give the audience a general understanding including but not limited to the following contents:

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.